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Explore PowerPoint 2016

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PowerPoint makes it simple to add a new slide or layout, change the look of your presentation, add speaker notes, add transitions, and get help. Check out What's new in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

Add a new slide

  1. On the Home tab, select the New Slide down arrow.

  2. Select a layout.

Change the look

  1. Select the Design tab.

  2. Select one of the Themes.

  3. Select one of the Variants to change the color of the theme you selected.

Add notes

  1. At the bottom of the window, select Notes.

  2. Select Click to add notes and type your notes.

Add transitions

  1. Select the Transitions tab.

  2. Select a transition.

  3. Select Apply To All.

Get help

  1. In the ribbon, select Tell me what you want to do.

    This is the Tell Me box.

  2. Type a word or phrase for the task you want to do.

    For example, you could type "Change theme" or "Add notes".

  3. Select an option from the search results.

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What's new in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint Quick Start

Office 2016 Quick Starts

Welcome to the first in the series of four Office Mixes about Getting Started with PowerPoint 2016.

With Office Mix, this video be interactive on most devices so you can click on links and use the controls below this line to pause or go back and forth, or tap the table of contents button.

You might occasionally see a button right here that says, Click next to continue, so tap that when you're ready to move on.

This is what you see when you first open PowerPoint 2016.

Click on this template to start our pre-made overview of PowerPoint will open and show you some basics and new features.

Then once you open a blank presentation or template familiarize yourself with this section of the Home tab.

When you want a New Slide, choose one from here, just don't copy and paste a previous slide.

These are the Layouts, a skeleton of sorts for your presentation and you can choose the type of slide you want.

Need a different look? Choose the Design tab.

There you'll find many Themes you can choose from and each theme as a few Variants for subtle changes.

Themes control your presentation's fonts, effects, layouts, and colors.

If you change to the green variant, you get a different set of theme colors.

So changing Themes and Variants might be the best way to change the look of your doc.

Think "less is more" with PowerPoint.

Don't write your talk on the slides.

Use images and a few words.

Here is something marketing guru Seth Godin says, "There should be no more than six words on the slide."

In other words, paraphrase.

Try that for next presentation.

You can add your thoughts, scripts, numerous facts, in the Notes section down here.

When you present, they are just seen by you.

"Less is more" is also a good idea for Transitions and Animations.

Too many can be a distraction.

In the Transitions tab, pick a transition and then select Apply To All for a consistent look to your slides.

If you're looking to find a button or get help in PowerPoint there's a new place to look: Tell Me.

Type what you need and often you can perform the action needed.

PowerPoint 2016 also has new chart types, new themes--including the colorful theme I'm using now.

There's Office Mix and upgrades for version history, video resolution, and more.

Click here to read all about what's new and improved.

We have additional resources.

If you like reading more than videos click here to read our basic tasks article to start.

A lot of companies have told us they like our Quick Start Guides to user or print-out when training their staff.

They download as PowerPoint or PDF files.

And we have training for many different versions of PowerPoint and Office.


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